1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Ashly Rodriguez. I'm from Boston, Ma.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is a mix of 3c/4a. In the back of my head my hair is 4a and as you get closer to the front it is more of a 3c.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I went natural June of 2014. I had the choice of either relaxing my hair again after a year of not getting one or just cutting off the relaxed ends and going natural. I decided to cut off the ends.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing was letting go of the flat iron for over a year to let my natural hair be great. That break gave me a chance to get my curls healthier again and get rid of my heat damage that I dealt with. Also learning ways to style my hair was also a challenge at first but now I love being able to explore new styles to try on my hair.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
Each week I Cowash or shampoo my hair, then I deep condition my hair. I always let the deep conditioner sit in my hair for about an hour before I rinse it out. I really just listen to my hair and what it needs. If one week it's dry, I'll add a hot oil treatment in the mix or If I need to give my hair a little TLC after a few weeks of styling, I will add a protein treatment.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
About 3 days of the week I massage Jamaican Black Castor Oil on my scalp in the morning. If I feel that I need to, I will moisturize my hair in the morning with a mix of leave in conditioner and oil.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I just make sure my hair is protected each night before I go to bed. I always put my hair into a couple pineapples when my hair is out, and cover it with a Bonnet.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I haven't in some time. I've given my hair a major break for the past year and a half. But I do plan on using it for some styles in the future.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I like them both! Can we call it a tie?
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Lately it's been more out but at least once a month for a week I like to put my hair in twists or flat twists to give my hair a break.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
My biggest hair tragedy would be my heat damage. It was so bad. The damaged was done from when I was flat ironing my hair daily while I was letting my relaxer grow out. I didn't even know what my curls were supposed to look like because the damage was that bad.. I recovered by not flat ironing my hair anymore and focusing on caring for my hair. Protein treatments and deep conditioners really helped with getting my hair healthy again.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My tip for maintaining healthy hair is listening to YOUR hair and finding what works for YOU. Also be sure to protect your hair at night!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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